Over the last week activism and action by community organizations, unions, those most impacted and allies have been surging against the increasing repressive immigration policies of the Trump administration.
On June 26th Jewish Community Action hosted the launch of the Decriminalizing Communities campaign.
In a statement, JCA explained,
The Decriminalizing Communities Coalition has come together to fight against the shared violence of the criminal justice system and the immigration enforcement system. We have come together to work toward a vision of community that embraces the differences between us--where all people receive respect, compassion, and justice, regardless of race, immigration status, or criminal record--and where every individual can be free and safe from state-sanctioned violence and hate."
They demand that Ramsey and Hennepin County;
1) stop all collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
2) to pull out of the Department of Justice's Countering Violent Extremism (DOJ's CVE) program
3) to engage county residents in a conversation about how to transform our county criminal justice system to one that promotes true safety and wellness.
The following Friday protesters converged on the Bloomington, MN office of federal contractor General Dynamics (GD). The rally drew attention to corporations, like GD, that profit from the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from parents. Eight were arrested including State Senator Patricia Torres Ray.
The next day, Saturday, thousands protested in downtown Minneapolis to join the national day of action, Free our Future, opposing the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies.
Photos Courtesty of Photographer and Workday Contributor Brenda Azueta